Dhrupad

Dhrupad

India's oldest and evolved classical tradition

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Dhrupad
  • Uday Bhawalkar | Raag Bhimpalasi

    Bhawalkar belongs to a handful of dhrupad singers who have made this form popular and also inspired young students to take it up.

    Each year, we try to give a full circle presentation of all the repertoires of Indian classical music of which, dhrupad plays a pivotal role. In fact, one of the d...

  • Pandit Ram Kumar and Samit Mallick | Raag Bhimpalasi

    It is said that the ancestors of the Mallick family, Darbhanga court musicians, once ended a drought in the area through singing the rain-bringing Raag Megh.

    Pandit Ramkumar and Samit Mallick are leading exponents of the Darbhanga dhrupad court music tradition, named for a former state near the ...

  • S2 EP8 Ustad Wasiffudin Dagar

    Dagar immerses himself in Khamboji, developing the jor and jhala with from delicate to monumental gamaks highlighting each note precisely and with profundity. In this episode, he also shares his experiences on guru-shishya parampara and dhrupad nuances in a short interview. This is followed by a ...

  • Pelva Naik | Raag Maru

    Set against the sunset over Lake Mulshi in Maharashtra, Pelva Naik sings Raag Maru which is considered as a Raāgputra of Malkauns but opinions differ among scholars. It's not sung much being too similar to Yaman and also Maru Behag being more popular. The notes go- Sa Ga ma (sharp) pa ni sa. Sa ...

  • Pandit Ramkumar and Samit Mallick | Raag Multani

    Pandit Ramkumar and Samit Mallick are leading exponents of the Darbhanga dhrupad court music tradition, named for a former state near the Nepalese border. It is said that their ancestors once ended a drought in the area through singing the rain-bringing Raag Megh, and the family still live on lan...

  • Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar | Ahir Bhairav

    Ahir Bhairav is a blend of two ragas – Bhairav, an ancient scale and Ahiri that owes its origin to a folk melody belonging to ‘Ahir’ or cowherds' communities residing on the fertile plains of the two Indian rivers – Ganga and Yamuna.

    Ahir Bhairav is coloured with the pensive, early morning flavo...

  • Ustad Bahauddin Dagar & Pelva Naik - Raag Vardhani

    In India, the opulent courts of the Islamic sultans between the 13th and 16th centuries resonated with dhrupad music. ‘Beenkars’ (veena players) held as much precedence as the vocalists and often engaged in duets, enthralling a court full of discerning listeners.

    The first historical duet betwee...

  • Pelva Naik | Raag Jog

    Young dhrupad singer Pelva Naik sings a candlelit solo rendition of Raag Jog, replete with slow slides, meditative microtones, and patient melodic elaboration. At age 17 she found an instant bond with dhrupad when Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar gave a workshop at her school

  • Ustad Bahauddin Dagar - Been recital

    Ustad Bahauddin Dagar plays the Been at London's Victoria & Albert Museum